New Delhi: Bone chilling cold and icy winds left Delhiites shivering on Wednesday with the maximum temperature plummeting to 9.8 degrees Celcius, the lowest in 44 years.

The minimum was recorded at 4.8 degrees Celcius, two degrees below normal but 0.8 degrees higher than Tuesday’s 4 degrees Celcius, which was the season's lowest.

The weather made life tough for people who found it very difficult even to walk in the afternoon hours as icy winds blew across the city. People wrapped themselves in thick winter clothing.

Tuesday's maximum of 9.8 degrees Celcius is a 11 degrees departure from normal levels and this is the lowest maximum temperature recorded since 1969, the MeT office said.

The MeT department said the spell of intense cold would continue on Thursday.

Flight operations were also disrupted at the IGI airport as there was a drop in runway visibility to less than 25 metres. Dense fog disrupted the schedule of over 30 flights.

On Wednesday, the minimum was recorded at four degrees Celcius, three notches below normal, making it this winter's lowest.


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